Steps to Buying a Home

Everyone dreams of buying their first home. With your first home, it can be a very exciting and the nerves can get to everyone. If you know the expectations during the home buying process you will be more at ease during this lengthy process.

Setting a Budget

Before looking for a house, it is important to know how much house you can afford to buy. Costs to consider include the mortgage down payment, normal monthly expenses like cable, heat and utilities, home property taxes and any insurance costs. These will all have to be considered before buying a home as they are typically included with your mortgage statement. Your credit score determines the interest rate, having knowledge of your credit score ahead of time can help you decide if bluing a new home is affordable or now. An individual’s DTI or debt to income ratio must also fall between a certain level in order to achieve loan approval. After determining these things, and if you feel that buying a new home is in your budget, then its time to start the process!

Getting Pre-Qualified

Looking for a new mortgage, be sure to get several quotes from different banks and mortgage lenders. Banks and mortgage companies will offer different loan points or origination fees so shopping around will save you money. It is important to do your due diligence on the loan officer. After speaking to a few loan officers, you will know which one to choose and many have different years of experience which will be obvious over the phone or in person. When locking your rate, go online to make sure your getting the daily rate and its consistent what other banks and mortgage companies are offering. Rates will determine how much a home mortgage will cost monthly.

Finding The Right Home For You And Your Family

Once you have been qualified for a home mortgage, it’s time to locate the home you have always been looking for. First, locate a Real Estate Agent. Not just any Real Estate Agent will do. Make sure you have an expert realtor who has been around for a while and is knowledgeable about the area you are moving to. A well seasoned Realtor often times has seen many of the homes in your area on the market before and can help you spot a potential money pit before you buy it. Ensure that you make a list of needs and wants taking into consideration the amount of bedrooms you will require now and in the future, amenities, location and asking price. Remember, the first home you visit might be beautiful, but you should visit many homes before making a final decision.

Offer A Price

Typically, sellers try to to cushion their final sales price to leave room for negotiation. Buyer’s bid for a lower price, and typically the seller will counter the offer in the middle. Your real estate agent will take in consideration any issues concerning the property and make suggestions on financial compensation toward the sales price in the negotiation. Listen to your real estate agent closely because they do this everyday for a living. The average buyer only buys a home once every 7 years or so. An experienced Realtor will be able to help you negotiate a lower price that sometimes includes more money for closing costs. Their job is to be your advocate in the home buying process.

Home Inspections

Getting a home inspection is a vital part of the home buying process. These inspections ensure that the home’s foundation, ceiling, heating, electrical system, walls, plumbing and entryways are up to certain standards. Sometimes the bank will require a home inspection however; many times they leave it to the buyer to purchase their own. It is extremely important to protect yourself by getting a home inspection right away. You typically have 10 days from an accepted offer to get the home inspected. Many buyers have been saved from disaster by taking the time to spend the extra $200 – $400 to get a home inspection only to find out the house has major problems allowing them to back out of the contract before it is too late.

Home Owners Insurance Is Required

Mortgage Banks and Mortgage Lenders normally require that you purchase homeowner insurance for your new home. Homeowner’s policies will replace the costs to fix any damages that might happen to the home. The cost of how owners insurance is dependent on a home’s age, where the property is located and the home insurance company you choose. Like with the mortgage company be sure to get several quotes.

Closing

Before you can move into your new home, there is a closing process between the buyer and the seller. You must sign all the legal documents to transfer the title into your name and pay any closing costs or down payment that is owed. Once this is complete, the keys to your new house are given to you! You can move into your new home as soon as this is complete.

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420 Elysian Fields Rd Apt A9 Nashville, TN 37211

Price $124,999
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 962
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1843963
Property Type Condo
 

2512 Finland St Nashville, TN 37208

Price $124,900
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 810
Status Active
MLS # 1837635
Property Type Residential
 

3802 Crouch Dr. Nashville, TN 37207

Price $124,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,274
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1838944
Property Type Residential
 

661 Longhunter Ct Nashville, TN 37217

Price $124,700
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,914
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1854538
Property Type Condo
 

102 Beech Forge Dr Antioch, TN 37013

Price $124,500
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,176
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1841450
Property Type Condo
 

1125 Nelson Dr Madison, TN 37115

Price $124,500
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,152
Status Active
MLS # 1847676
Property Type Residential
 

1127 Nelson Dr Madison, TN 37115

Price $124,500
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,150
Status Active
MLS # 1847678
Property Type Residential
 

2929 Selena Dr # 111 Nashville, TN 37211

Price $120,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,043
Status Active
MLS # 1845624
Property Type Condo
 

3415 W End Ave # E-703 Nashville, TN 37203

Price $120,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 348
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1851213
Property Type Condo
 

510 Hickory Villa Dr. Nashville, TN 37211

Price $119,911
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,174
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1841200
Property Type Condo
 

951 Patio Dr Nashville, TN 37214

Price $119,900
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 918
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1845203
Property Type Condo
 

109 N Timber Dr Nashville, TN 37214

$119,900 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Timber Lake, Nashville
New
Price $119,900
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,143
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1854681
Property Type Condo
 

3109 Greggwood Dr Nashville, TN 37207

Price $119,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,552
Status Active
MLS # 1849711
Property Type Residential
 

3839 Knight Dr Whites Creek, TN 37189

Price $119,000
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 1,100
Status Active
MLS # 1853008
Property Type Residential
 

122 N Timber Dr Nashville, TN 37214

Price $117,500
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,143
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1850060
Property Type Condo
 

3142 E Lake Dr Nashville, TN 37214

Price $115,900
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,140
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1844591
Property Type Residential
 

135 Fain St Nashville, TN 37210

Price $115,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 986
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1849884
Property Type Residential
 

3710 Colonial Heritage Dr Nashville, TN 37217

Price $114,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,352
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1797648
Property Type Residential
 

3304 Kings Ln Nashville, TN 37218

Price $110,000
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,040
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1850535
Property Type Residential
 

1531 23rd Ave N Nashville, TN 37208

Price $109,900
Beds 4
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,231
Status Active
MLS # 1849009
Property Type Residential
 

2929 Selena Dr # 140 Nashville, TN 37211

Price $105,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 720
Status Active
MLS # 1807016
Property Type Condo
 

110 Minnette Ct Nashville, TN 37207

Price $105,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,040
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1749132
Property Type Residential
 

4104 Buenaview Ct Nashville, TN 37218

Price $104,900
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,231
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1840985
Property Type Residential
 

420 Elysian Fields Unit A20 Nashville, TN 37211

Price $104,500
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 936
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1812158
Property Type Condo
 

500 Paragon Mills Rd Apt M2 Nashville, TN 37211

Price $100,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 950
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1837275
Property Type Condo
 

83 Lewis St Nashville, TN 37210

Price $99,900
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 984
Status Active
MLS # 1847085
Property Type Residential
 

3880 Priest Lake Dr Apt 7 Nashville, TN 37217

Price $99,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,218
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1845411
Property Type Condo
 

2057 Nashboro Blvd Nashville, TN 37217

$99,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Nashboro Village Twelve, Nashville
New
Price $99,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,633
Status Active
MLS # 1854974
Property Type Condo
 

2929 Greer Rd Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Price $99,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 716
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1852309
Property Type Residential
 

1401 Elliston St Old Hickory, TN 37138

$89,900 - 3Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Village Of Old Hickory, Old Hickory
New
Price $89,900
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 854
Status Active
MLS # 1855054
Property Type Residential
 

3139 E Lake Dr Nashville, TN 37214

$89,900 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in East Lake, Nashville
New
Price $89,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,044
Status Active
MLS # 1855444
Property Type Residential
 

145 Harris St Madison, TN 37115

Price $84,900
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 854
Status Active
MLS # 1853801
Property Type Residential
 

555 N Dupont Ave Apt Madison, TN 37115

$72,000 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Madison Park, Madison
New
Price $72,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 968
Status Active
MLS # 1855016
Property Type Condo
 

320 Welch Rd Apt N8 Nashville, TN 37211

Price $50,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 683
Status Active
MLS # 1837295
Property Type Condo
 

8721 Hester Beasley Rd Nashville, TN 37221

Price $49,500
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 837
Status Active
MLS # 1797810
Property Type Residential
 

320r4 Welch Rd Nashville, TN 37211

Price $49,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 683
Status Active Under Contract
MLS # 1854087
Property Type Condo
 

6813 Charlotte Pike Unit 8 Nashville, TN 37209

Price $2,600
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,790
Status Active
MLS # 1842821
Property Type Condo
 
 

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Amanda entered the real estate industry prepared and focused. Her background as a paralegal gives her the knowledge and expertise needed for understanding and explaining contracts, and confidence in the negotiation process. Aside from the legal background, her love of people, families, and community are the same building blocks for her business. She vows to treat her clients as friends. Your concerns are her concerns. Your worries are her worries. And, most importantly, your dream of homeownership is her business.

There are over 300 steps in a real estate transaction, and with Amanda, you don’t have to worry about a single one. She has you covered. She specializes in first time homebuyers, sellers, and VA and is a multi-million dollar producer. She has won several awards since her career began, and is determined to make your experience the best imaginable.

To Amanda, you aren’t just a closing, you are a friend and she’ll be there from beginning to end.

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